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    Dear Friends:

    This is both National Emergency Medical Services and Public Works Week. I would like to recognize the contributions of our emergency medical personnel and the men and women of the Department of Public Works. Thank you for your service to New Haven!

    BIO-DIESEL

    Today I will host a press conference to announce that New Haven will be the first in the Northeast to purchase and implement the use of B50 Bio-Diesel in a city fleet. This move advances my goal to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2010 and contributes to the City’s Clean Sweep Campaign. Our Bio-Diesel vendors Santa Energy and Blakely Energy will speak about the impact of bio-diesel fueled machinery and vehicles on New Haven and the environment. Vehicles that will participate in this program will be exhibited.

    “IN-TOUCH WITH MAYOR DESTEFANO”

    Don’t miss the second installment of my television program airing live this Wednesday on Citizens TV. This week, Darcey Cobbs of Elderly Services and Robert Levine from Parks and Recreation will join me to discuss programs for our elderly as well as recreational and leisure opportunities to enjoy the summer in New Haven. Make sure to tune in at 7pm! During the last 10 minutes of the show we’ll open up for your questions.

    CLEAN SWEEP NEW HAVEN CONTINUES

    Today, students from the Solar Youth program will be working with the Livable City Initiative to conduct neighborhood beautification and graffiti removal in Fair Haven. I applaud these students and the High School in the Community students who worked with us earlier this month, for their participation in our “Clean Sweep” campaign to keep New Haven clean, green and welcoming.

    WEDNESDAY MAY 23, 2007, AT 8:30 A.M. HILL CENTRAL MUSIC ACADEMY, 140

    DEWITT STREET, The Rotary Club of New Haven will visit Hill Central to distribute 65 dictionaries to third graders at the school as a prelude to the club providing donated dictionaries to all third grade students in NHPS. The Dictionary Project was started by the New Haven Rotary in 2005 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Literacy Community Service Project. The New Haven Rotary Club has continued to donate dictionaries to all 3rd students in New Haven for the last three years. The LAZ Corporation has supported the Rotary Dictionary project with a St. Patrick’s Day parking fundraiser for the last three years.

    MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, 10 A.M.-1:30P.M., YALE UNIVERSITY/LINSLEY-CHITTENDEN HALL, 63 High St.: Columbus Family Academy will have its Grade 5 Retreat Day to help students focus on team building/problem solving skills in order to ease transition into Grade 6. Guest speaker is NHPS Math Supervisor Ken Mathews. Mini workshops will be presented by Sandra Duhaney-Johnson, Nancy Charest, and Drew Kaptain. Lunch and tour of Yale campus will be included.

    MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, - THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2007: NEW HAVEN ACADEMY, 130 Leeder Hill, Hamden: Juniors will spend the next three weeks working at internship sites across the community, pursuing hands-on experience at places like Anna’s Catering, Creating Kids Childcare Center, the Eli Whitney Museum, Fellowship Place, Junta for Progressive Action, the school system and Hospital of St. Raphael. This internship program is modeled after similar high school programs within the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national school reform organization. The NHPS transportation department provides city bus cards so students may get back and forth. Students are measured on accomplishing specific goals and are challenged to complete projects that can be of use to their host sites.

    FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007, 8:30 A.M., WILBUR CROSS: James C. Tillman, who was recently exonerated by DNA evidence after 18 years of incarceration, will speak to students at Wilbur Cross High School about his experiences in a visit sponsored by New Haven Public Schools and the Big Read. Tillman is speaking to high schools and youth groups around the state. The New Haven Public Schools is a partner with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in the Big Read, in which the City is uniting to come together and read the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In keeping with the themes of social justice and the legal system reflected in Harper’s classic, Tillman’s visit gives another look into the judicial system. As part of the Big Read, NHPS students in grades 7-12 have the chance to take part in reading circles with their library media specialists to read and discuss the classic. The culminating activity will be a Mock Trial on Friday, June 1, 2007 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The mock trial is co-sponsored by the New Haven Public Schools, Yale University, New Haven County Bar Association and the New Haven County Bar Foundation.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [5/21/2007]


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